Phyllotis xanthopygus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phyllotis xanthopygus
Species Authority: (Waterhouse, 1837)
Common Name(s):
English Yellow-rumped Leaf-eared Mouse
Taxonomic Notes: This is a species complex which needs taxonomic revision (H. Zeballos and N. Bernal pers. comm.). The taxonomic status of the species in Cordoba, San Luis and Santiago del Estero (Argentina) needs to be reviewed (U. Pardinas pers. comm).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B., Pardinas, U. & Jayat, J.P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, it occurs in a number of protected areas, has a tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the west central Peru, in and along the Andes to Santa Cruz Province, south Argentina, and adjacent Magallanes Province, south Chile; latitudinal (15-51°S) and altitudinal ranges (sea level-5,600 m) exceptional as currently defined (Kramer et al., 1999; Musser and Carleton, 2005). In Peru and Bolivia it ranges between 2,000 and 4,500 m.
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Chile; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands, Polylepis forest, altiplano, grasslands, shrublands, rocky areas and cultivated areas.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in many protected areas.

Citation: Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Zeballos, H., Vivar, E., Patterson, B., Pardinas, U. & Jayat, J.P. 2008. Phyllotis xanthopygus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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